Issue 14 • Winter 2011
From the Office of Public Affairs and the Office of the Associate Provost at Rice University
Boniuk Center Launches Essay Contest
Page 3 Celebrating Black History Month at Rice
Page 3 Rice Celebrates the Mexican Centennial
Page 4 Glasscock School Unveils Philanthropy Center
Page 5 How Ethnicity Impacts Preterm Births
Page 5 RUSMP Answers the Call
Page 6 Rice Foreign Students Share Their Culture With Local Youth
Page 6 Online Science Resources Expand
Page 7 Medina Honored for Contributions
Page 6: Rice students share their culture with local students.
SHARING WITH OTHERS: Y. Ping Sun encourages new U.S. citizens to participate in the American ideal by giving back to the
Y. Ping Sun Honored for Community Service
Exploring Sacred Sites
Y. Ping Sun grew up in China, studied in the United States, became a lawyer and along the way learned the importance of connecting with people from other cultures. When her husband, David Leebron, was appointed president of Rice University in 2004, Sun was more than ready to become an ambassador for the university. Her official title is university representative, but her intelligence, elegance, friendliness and dedication to her work make her an ambassador in every sense of the word. She describes herself as “a people’s ambassador,” as she promotes understanding between the university and the many communities that make up its home. “I believe that the more we share about our own culture with fellow Americans, the better we are as a community and as a nation,” she said. In her seven years at Rice, Sun has served on many nonprofit boards, raised funds for charities and given talks to inner-city students about college and careers. The organizations she belongs to ref lect the rich Continued on Page 2
This spring, a diverse group of Houston high school students will embark on a quest to explore select sacred sites in the city as a way to learn more about religion, interfaith dialogue and cooperation. “We expect our questers to develop a keen appreciation of — perhaps even a reverence for — what makes a space sacred,” said Mike Pardee, executive director of the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University. Co-sponsored by the Boniuk Center, which is dedicated to nurturing tolerance among people of all and no faith, especially youth, and the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH), whose mission is to use public art and creativity as tools for educational enrichment, social awareness and community development, the Sacred Sites Quest (SSQ) will be educational, engaging and fun. Students who participate in the quest will explore a series of carefully selected sacred sites. At the end of their collaborative quest, they will produce a mural that expresses their shared experience. This mural will be permanently displayed in a public place somewhere in Houston. “We envision the adventure as an ‘Amazing Race’-like Continued on Page 4
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diversity of Houston. Sun is a trustee of the Texas Children’s Hospital. She is on the boards of the Asia Society Texas Center, St. John’s School and United Way of Greater Houston, and she’s on the regional board of Teach For America. She serves on the advisory boards of the Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Community Center, Houston Greeters and the Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners. She’s also on the mayor’s International Trade and Development Council, Asia/Australia. On top of all this, she’s a mother of two children, Daniel, 14, and Merissa, 11, and is of counsel at the firm Yetter Coleman LLP. How does she handle this Herculean task of being a wife, mother, lawyer and Rice ambassador? “It’s a hard juggling act,” she said. “I love being here in Houston, but I do have one complaint since I came here, and that is that there are only 24 hours in a day. I wish there were more.” City leaders are well aware of Sun’s leadership and generosity and have recognized her efforts. This fall, Sun was honored at the Women on the Move luncheon hosted by Texas Executive Women. She and Leebron were honored by Teach For America for their efforts to improve the educational opportunities for students in low-income schools, and both were named 2010 International Executives of the Year by the Greater Houston Partnership. The University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic honored Sun with the Arrival Award, which recognizes the achievements of immigrants. Houston Woman Magazine named Sun one of the 50 most inf luential women of 2010. And in October, she was honored at the 2010 Texas China Leadership Gala Awards Dinner. “Ping is outstanding, unique, brilliant and genuine, and she is a huge proponent of Rice,” said Susan Boggio, a local community leader and philanthropist. Boggio, Sun and Sultana Mangalji, another community leader and philanthropist, were co-chairs of a fundraising luncheon for Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time.” The three were in charge of organizing this major event in less than three months and succeeded brilliantly. More than 930 people attended and enough money was raised to build three schools in Afghanistan. 2
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“Having Ping as a co-chair made all the difference for our super successful event,” said Boggio. “Ping is passionate about education, and she worked effectively by making phone calls, speaking in person to many people and sending hundreds of e-mails.” Sun sent so many e-mails to promote the event that she earned the nickname “E-mail Queen.” Another organization that has benefitted from Sun’s talents and hard work is the United Way of Greater Houston. Sun has served as the honorary chair for the United Way campaign at Rice for the past two years and has been instrumental in making Rice
Americans and to keep them alive for our children.” For Sun, giving back to the community is a way to instill in her children the value of helping others. She also wants to serve as a role model for Rice students and to inspire them to be more active in the community. By being involved in the community, she said, she is helping President Leebron achieve the Vision for the Second Century, which has as one of its goals to fully engage with the city. Born in Shanghai, Sun grew up during the Cultural Revolution. She came to America in 1981 on a full scholarship to Princeton University and graduated cum laude in 1985
“Ping rolls up her sleeves and gets her hands dirty. She is not afraid to take on challenges. She shows you in word and deed that she is compassionate and has love for her community.” — Anna Babin
one of the top 100 contributors to United Way in Houston. Sun also serves on THRIVE, a special task force for the United Way that helps low-income working families gain financial independence. “Ping is thoughtful and genuinely concerned about these families,” said Anna Babin, president and CEO of United Way. “Ping rolls up her sleeves and gets her hands dirty. She is not afraid to take on challenges. She shows you in word and deed that she is compassionate and has love for her community.” Though she came from China via New York, Sun says that Houston is now her home. “When we first came here, the people of Houston opened their arms to us,” she said. “I love this community. I view myself as a Houstonian, so I really want to give back.” Houston is a very diverse city, she said, and she wants to share her heritage with its people. Sun was invited by Judge Keith Ellison to address close to 1,400 new U.S. citizens from more than 100 countries at a naturalization ceremony. Sun encouraged the audience to participate in the American ideal by giving back to the community. “Being an American does not mean that you should forget about the culture you come from,” she expressed to the crowd. “It’s our responsibility to share our cultures with our fellow
from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She earned her law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1988. “Coming to America was an opportunity for me to explore my passion and to prepare myself,” Sun said. She has distilled her life experience to three P’s: passion, preparation and perseverance. She uses that slogan when she talks to precollege students about the importance of staying in school and pursuing a career. Sun also encourages students to get out of their comfort zone, to be daring and to challenge themselves. “The three P’s have carried me well throughout my life,” she said. “When you fail at something, never give up.” It’s hard to imagine Sun failing at anything. While she practices her mantra of the three P’s, she is determined to bring honor to Rice, to contribute to her hometown, to offer a bright future to those in need of help, and to be a people’s ambassador wherever and whenever she is needed. ■ —David D. Medina
Director Multicultural Community Relations
Boniuk Center Launches Essay Contest The Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice has announced the Embracing Tolerance essay contest, which will be open to all high school students in greater Houston — whether they are homeschooled or attending public or private schools. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three essayists in each of two divisions: 9th and 10th graders and 11th and 12th graders. The authors of the winning essays will receive $500; runners-up, $300; and honorable mention, $200.
“The best essays will tell engaging stories or evocative anecdotes,” said Mike Pardee, executive director of the Boniuk Center. “They’ll likely use concrete examples to illustrate how and why religious tolerance is worthy of embracing. “Not everyone embraces religious tolerance with equal enthusiasm as a principle to be prized, of course, so we look forward to reading about how interested Houston teenagers are wrestling with these vexing issues in their own lives and communities,” he added. All entries must be submitted to the Boniuk Center located in Herring Hall, Room 120, on the Rice campus by 4 p.m.,
Friday, Feb. 25. Although there is no absolute minimum or maximum word limit, the recommended length for each essay is between 350 and 650 words. A panel of Boniuk advisory board and programming committee members will be the final judges of the competition. The prize-winning essayists will be honored at a special ceremony at Rice April 28. The essays will be published and disseminated by the Boniuk Center both online and in print. Additional information about the contest is available on the center’s website at http:// boniuk.rice.edu or by calling the Boniuk Center at 713-348-4536. ■
Celebrating Black History Month at Rice In honor of Black History Month, an ex hibit and documentar y featuring some of the most prominent African-American leaders in the country are coming to Rice University from Feb. 3 to 25.
S p o n s o r e d b y R i c e Un i v e r s i t y ’s Humanities Research Center and the Rice Public Art program, “The Black List Project” consists of a photographic exhibit and documentary that presents portraits of dynamic and inspiring African-Americans in the fields of politics, music, business, civil activism, literature, the arts and athletics. The term “black list” denotes a group of people ma rgina lized a nd den ied work or social approval. In an effort to redefine the word, 25 African-Americans will provide insight into the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in the United States. Included in the exhibit are political activist and university professor Angela Davis; musician John Legend; Michael Lomax, chairman and CEO of the United Negro College Fund; artist Kara Walker; and actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and com
poser Martin Van Peebles. Photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders conceived “The Black List Project” with Elvis Mitchell, NPR correspondent and former New York Times film critic. There will be a screening of the corresponding documentary “The Black List Project” Feb. 11 at the Rice Media Center. The film features brief narratives from the inf luential African-Americans whose photographs will be displayed in the exhibit, sharing experiences that begin with the personal and move into larger social topics. The Humanities Research Center will host prominent scholars from Rice and other universities to speak on related topics about
black America. Building on themes from the documentary vignettes, these speakers will give public lectures in the Rice Media Center, as well as work with Rice professors on supplementing undergraduate courses being held during the spring semester. In addition to the artistic and academic components of the exhibit, the Humanities Research Center will incorporate K–12 initiatives into the project by organizing field trips for middle and high school students in Houston. These visits will include viewing the photographs, watching segments of the documentary, and hearing a talk from Rice faculty or undergraduates on topics with related themes. Focusing on these themes with students inspires discussions relating to writing, history, identity, mentoring, education, race and achievement. For more informat ion about these events, please visit http://hrc.rice.edu/theblacklistproject/. For more informat ion on t he “The Black List Project,” visit www. blacklistproject.com. ■ —Lauren Kleinschmidt
Humanities Research Center
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Rice Celebrates the Mexican Centennial In celebration of the centennial and bicentennial of Mexico, Rice hosted a series of events during the fall semester to highlight the rich history and culture of its southern neighbor.
The Mexican Revolution Film Series held Oct. 22–24 featured three Mexican movies: “Pueblo de Madera,” “La Negra Angustias” a nd “Los U lt imos Zapat istas, Heroes Olvidados.” The film series began with a presentation by Mexican filmmaker Juan Antonio de la Riva, who spoke about his film “Pueblo de Madera.” A series of three lectures in November discussed a w ide range of topics, starti ng w it h Mex ic a n writer Antonio S a b o r i t ’s e x a m i nation of w riters’ public lives before the revolution. The second lec t u re fe at u red history professors John Ha r t f rom t h e Un i v e r s i t y of Houston and
The centennial celebration began in September with a multicultural food festival hosted by Latinos Empresarios, a Houston Hispanic business organization. Close to 400 people attended the lively event that offered guests the opportunity to taste cuisine from more than 20 local restaurants and enjoy the musical talents of Latino performers and mariachi bands. During October, works from Mexican artist Anna Kurtycz were on display at Farnsworth Pavilion in the Ley Student Center. The exhibit “Mexican Memory: Anna Kur t ycz” fol lowed in t he footsteps of Mexico’s celebrated chronicler and etcher José Guadalupe Posada. Kurtycz used woodcuts and relief prints to portray the meaning of the revolution i n tod ay ’s Mex ico. Kurtycz’s black and white prints join the present and the past, the indigenous people and the Spanish conquerors, the poor and the rich, and revolt and resignation. Through K u r t y c z ’s g r a p h i c images, she brings out Mexico’s contradictions and complexity, using memory as a tool The present meets the past: “Sueño de Revolución en el Zócalo II” by artist Anna Kurtycz was on display at Rice in October. to rethink the future.
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expedition amongst a variety of sacred sites in and around Houston,” explained Reginald Adams, SSQ co-leader and president and CEO of MOCAH. Limited to 10th through 12th graders, the questing cohort will be intentionally diverse and will include Muslims, Christians, Jews, agnostics, atheists and adherents of non-Abra4
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hamic faith traditions. The expeditions will take place on a series of Sunday afternoons from January through April 2011. Students from Houston’s Emery/ Weiner and The Chinquapin School in Highlands, Texas, will participate with students from congregational religious schools such as the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Sugar Land and Temple Emanu El. “We expect them to return from the
Rogelio Garcia-Contreras from the University of St. Thomas along with Rice sociologist Sergio Chavez in a discussion about Mexico’s past, present and future. The last lecture focused on the life and works of Noble Prize-winning author Octavio Paz. The panelists were Maarten Van Delden, an expert in Mexican literature from the University of California at Los Angeles, Lane Kaufmann and Manuel Gutierrez from Rice’s Department of Hispanic Studies, and David D. Medina from the Office of Public Affairs. Rose Mary Salum, founder of Literal magazine, served as moderator. Rice’s Mexican centennial events were framed within the city’s Houston Celebrates Mexico 2010 series. “It has been an honor and pleasure to work with members of Houston’s artistic Latin community on the Mexican Centennial events that impact the city’s Mexican c u lt u re a nd com mu n it y,” said José Aranda, chair of Rice’s Hispanic studies department. “The wide response to the events has also been gratifying and inspiring.” In addition to the Hispanic studies department, Multicultural Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs and the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston helped organize the Mexican centennial events, which were free, open to the public and took place on the Rice campus. ■ —Shelby Thurston
Events Specialist Office of Public Affairs
quest with entirely new eyes, learning experiences and cross-cultural understandings,” said Pardee. “They’re also bound to make some new friends they probably wouldn’t otherwise have met.” ■ —Mike Pardee
Executive Director Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance
Glasscock School Unveils Philanthropy Center In November, Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies launched its Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel and Convention Center.
Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Houston Chapter, the event was attended by local nonprofit professionals, who joined to celebrate the joy of giving and to award outstanding members for their contributions to the community. For more than 20 years, the School of Continuing Studies has offered courses for nonprofit and fundraising professionals. With a generous gift from Rice alumnus C.M. “Hank” ’40 and Demaris De Lange Hudspeth
’42, the Glasscock School is able to expand these offerings to their students through a Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. “We envision a vibrant philanthropic culture in Houston, where individuals of all ages and means are inspired to give and to serve, and where nonprofit leaders — both professional and volunteer — have access to the highest quality of educational resources to support their work,” said Angela Seaworth, director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. The center intends to unite theory and experience in its courses, giving students the opportunity to learn from professors and seasoned practitioners. Courses will prepare nonprofit professionals to lead their organizations and strengthen their communities. Fundraisers will acquire best practices to
secure resources while board members and volunteers will learn to serve more effectively, and donors will learn to give wisely. As the center grows, the Glasscock School will look to collaborate with Rice University colleagues and to partner with other nonprofit institutions to advance their knowledge of philanthropy and nonprofit leadership, as well as to engage in community outreach initiatives. “We want to help nonprofit organizations achieve their missions and share the power that philanthropic action has to enhance our world,” said Seaworth. For more information and to learn how you can support the center, visit http://cpnl. rice.edu. ■ —KRISTAL M. Scheffler
Marketing Specialist Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
How Ethnicity Impacts Preterm Births The inaugural luncheon of the Rice Connection Speakers Series, hosted by Rice University’s Multicultural Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs, was held in December with guest speaker Charleta Guillory. Guillory’s talk, “Disparity in the Neonate: It’s Not Just Black and White,” addressed the rise of premature births, particularly amongst black babies, who have the highest rate of preterm births compared to whites and Hispanics despite similar socioeconomic issues. Guillor y, an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, associate director of Level II nurseries at Texas Children’s Hospital and director of Texas Children’s Neonatal-Perinatal Public Health Program, is the first black woman to attend and graduate from Louisiana State University’s School of Medicine. A fierce advocate for solutions to preterm births — births that occur before 37 completed weeks of gestation — Guillory contends that the first course
of action to reducing high preterm births for black babies is to get the word out in the African-American community. “In Texas, babies born to African-American mothers die at three times the rate of babies born to white mot hers,” Gui l lor y said. “Just being black increases the risk of a mother having a preterm baby.” Guillory became aware of this problem early in her career when she walked through a neonatal intensive care unit and noticed that the presence of black babies was much higher than that of other babies. “African-Americans are only 12 to 13 percent of the Houston population, but there were a higher percentage of African-American babies in our neonatal ICU,” said Guillory. “Health disparities are differences that should not be.” Another solution Guillory champions is the March of Dimes’ Honey Child Prenatal Education Program, which is a faith-based prenatal health education program. The program addresses unique needs of African-
American women and combines culturally relevant education with hands-on activities designed to support positive health behaviors that result in improved birth outcomes. The program includes group prenatal education sessions and mentoring. “If you can change or affect one life in preventing prematurity and all of its complications,” said Guillory, “you have made a big difference in the world.” T he R ice C on nec t ion Spea kers Ser ies i nv ites community leaders to present a lecture to Rice faculty, staff and students about a pressing social issue. The format is designed to engage participants in an intimate and informal discussion. For more information about the series, please contact David D. Medina, director of Mu lticu ltura l Communit y Relations, at email@example.com. ■ —Jan West
Assistant Director Multicultural Community Relations
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RUSMP Answers the Call T he R ice Universit y School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) has developed an evaluation protocol to help schools assess and improve their mathematics program.
This evaluation protocol was showcased at the Texas School Improvement Conference in Austin in fall 2009 and has gained the attention of school districts across Texas. RUSMP directors have been busy traveling to districts throughout the state to assist administrators with identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their existing programs and to offer suggestions and support on how to make improvements. The protocol gives RUSMP the opportunity to develop a detailed picture of the mathematics program
in a school or district through a three-phase process. The three phases include interviews with administrators, interviews with teachers without administrators present and full-period observations of mathematics classes. RUSMP is looking for alignment among the three in the “right” direction — a direction that truly supports student learning. RUSMP advocates that students actively engage in mathematics investigations and group cooperation and that teachers use alternative assessments. These methods are proven to be more effective in reaching today’s diverse student population than teacher-centered and passive-learning methods, which have dominated mathematics instruction. “If schools have a strong curriculum in
place and provide high-quality professional development and support for their teachers to teach this curriculum, the emphasis on testing would not take center stage in driving what happens in today’s classrooms,” said RUSMP Director Anne Papakonstantinou. RUSMP is leading the way in helping schools and districts to develop programs that focus on students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics, while emphasizing the mastery of basic skills. RUSMP programs are providing this support to schools and districts to try to calm today’s panic in schools as a result of the overemphasis on high-stakes testing rather than on learning. ■ —Richard Parr
Director of Curricular and Instructional Programs Rice University School Mathematics Project
Rice Foreign Students Share Their Culture With Local Youth In celebration of International Education Week (IEW), two Rice University students who hail from the other side of the world volunteered to talk to a group of local students about Asian culture.
On Nov. 2, Arjun Prakash, who is from India and is a Ph.D. candidate in Rice’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, informed the 9-, 10- and 11-yearold students at Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy about Indian musical instruments, festivals, dances, languages and traditions. He also played traditional Indian music on several instruments. “The kids were really excited and asked a lot of questions about the origin of the instruments and how they differ from Western ones,” Prakash said. “One of the things that students were surprised and excited to know was that India has 1,652 languages spoken in different states.” Suman K hatiwada, a student from Nepal studying for his doctorate in Rice’s Depa r t ment of Materia ls Science a nd Mechanical Engineering, regaled the students with his talk about children’s holidays in different Asian countries, including Nepal. “The children were very interactive and eager to learn. Even a couple of shy 6
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Global culture makes a personal visit: Suman Khatiwada shared cultural stories with students at Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy as part of International Education Week.
ones opened up after a few minutes,” said Khatiwada. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States. For ma ny ye a rs , R ice’s O f f ice of International Students and Scholars has
participated in IEW as a way to celebrate international students and scholars who come from around the globe, which in turn helps to make Rice an internationally diverse and culturally rich campus. ■ —Vanessa Pena
International Department Coordinator Office of International Students and Scholars
Online Science Resources Expand A Rice University online program that provides resources for K–5 science teachers will be expanded this summer to include middle school science and high school biology.
Known as TAKScopes, the new program will be renamed STAARscopes and will feature components that will provide more interactive and quality resources and activities for science teachers and students. STAARscopes will have new computermediated learning components, such as virtual lab investigations and science songs that students can use with “Guitar Hero” or “Dance Dance Revolution.” Jim Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry at Rice, and his staff will create the new sciencethrough-music materials. “Our goa l is to get teachers to love teaching science so their students will love learning science,” said Reid W hita ker, direct or of TA K S c o p e s / STA AR scopes a nd t he Rice Online Curriculum K12 (ROCK 12) Project. “We can do this by offering a variety of ways to tackle science concepts and by making science applicable to students from all backgrounds and from all levels of achievement.” The ROCK 12 Project hosts TAKScopes, which is used in more than 11,000 Texas public a nd cha r ter school classrooms across the state. Many school districts use the program as their core curriculum to teach science. Created in 2006, TAKScopes addresses teachers’ needs for rigorous, accurate and engaging science resources. “TAKScopes is able to bridge the need for standards-based instruction with fun, engaging and relevant science,” said Maria Picon, a teacher in Bryan ISD. “It makes science fun to teach. I used to be afraid to teach science but TAKscopes makes it easy and relevant.” During the design process of TAKScopes
and STAARscopes, the site was teacher tested to ensure user friendliness. In a recent survey of more than 100 teachers, 87 percent noted the ease of use as the No. 1 reason for TAKScopes’ continued use. “This is a huge accomplishment,” said Whitaker. “The complexity of using online programs is still a major reason why teachers don’t use them. Our programs eliminate that hurdle.” The program starts with a prescribed learning objective and creates a teaching unit around the specific science concept called a scope. TAKScopes has more than 101 scopes. The program uses the 5E strategy of teaching: engaging the student; exploring the concept through a hands-on activity; explaining the topic through questions, discussion and vocabulary review; elaborating the learning through reading, writing and math; and evaluating the student’s mastery of the topic. “As a classroom teacher, I watched the transformation of my s t udent s’ s c ienc e
knowledge and skills as a result of using TAKScopes,” said Andrew Ginakis, associate director of the Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning. “I am excited now to be able to oversee the creation of STAARscopes.” To learn more about TAKScopes and STAARscopes, visit www.TAKScopes.com. You can preview the site by logging on with ID: guest and password: guest. For more information about the ROCK 12 Project, please send e-mail to Reid Whitaker at reid@ rice.edu or call 713-348-5433. ■
Medina Honored for Contributions David D. Medina, director of multicultural community relations for Rice’s Office of Public Affairs, received the Willie Velasquez Hispanic Excellence Award for education from the Tejano Center for Community Concerns and Houston TV station Telemundo. He was honored in October at the 20th annual Willie Velasquez Hispanic Excellence Awards Gala, which is held to honor Hispanic leaders who have excelled in their professions a nd who have made signif ica nt contributions to the Latino community. The award is David D. Medina na med for civ i l rights leader William Velasquez, who dedicated his life to the advancement and political empowerment of Hispanics in the U.S. It represents the highest levels of achievement, leadership and service to the community. As director of multicultural community relations, Medina enhances relationships between Rice and the minority communities inside and outside the university. His department hosts community dialogues and is involved with outreach programs, college information sessions and campus tours. It also publishes the award-winning newsletter Rice at Large. In September, Medina was also asked by Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 to serve as a member of the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board. The objective of the board is to advise Parker on issues related to the Hispanic community and to enhance the relationship and participation between the city and its Hispanic constituents. ■ —Jennifer Evans
Senior Editor Rice News
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